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February 24, 2011

Verizon Hosts Recycling Program at Telecom Park Data Center

By Madhubanti Rudra
TMCnet Contributor

To keep up its commitments to sustainability, Verizon has taken up a clean-up drive, where general public will be allowed to play their small parts to make the Earth little greener by simply submitting their unused electronic equipment at Verizon’s (News - Alert) Telecom Park data center in Tampa, Fla.

The initiative relates to Verizon's zero-landfill policy. In 2009, about 500,000 personal computers and other electronics were collected in the company's countrywide recycling program.

In a press release, the company encouraged individuals to stage a search at the nooks and corners of their homes for unused electronic equipment that do nothing but occupy space and collect dust.

The company announced that the Verizon Data Center at 7701 E. Telecom Parkway in Telecom Park is opening its doors from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, as a collection site. People are invited to come and dispose old laptop and desktop computers, keyboards and cables.

The facility is also going to accept other electronic gadgets such as televisions, gaming consoles, telephones, answering machines, stereo and audio devices, paper shredders, remote controls, cameras and small electronic appliances and toys, the company announced in the release.

However, people are asked not to bring hazardous waste materials, including batteries, ink cartridges, toners and mercury bulbs. Radioactive material such as X-ray equipment, medical waste, fluid-containing devices, computer monitors, refrigerators and freezers, are also not going to be accepted.

“We believe in sustainability as much as possible and we're excited to extend these efforts free of charge to the general public,” company spokesman Bob Elek said in a statement.

TMCnet reported that Verizon announced its readiness to activate capacity on the Europe India gateway submarine cable system. With the activation, enterprise customers across the globe will be able to start taking advantage of the newly activated Europe India Gatewy cable, the company claimed.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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